Ham Jam House -Concert
09/23/2017, 01/30/2016, 10/09/2014
Jeff Plankenhorn will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Jeff Plankenhorn (or Plank as he's known in Austin music circles) was born in Ohio
in the early 70's, where he began singing at an early age as a boy soprano in church,
musical theatre productions, and various local youth choirs. He began playing guitar
at the ripe age of 10yrs old, and quickly became proficient in a number of styles
performing and recording through his high school years and college education in
music at the University of Michigan.
After becoming a major voice in the Ann Arbor, MI music scene with jazz, bluegrass,
funk, hip-hop and other styles he then moved to Nashville, TN. There he studied and
honed his skills as Dobro player learning from such great masters of the instrument
as 'Uncle' Josh Graves and Gene Wooten. One mic band bluegrass was not enough though,
and at the urging of his friend and mentor Ray Wylie Hubbard, he moved to the Texas '
hill country' and began playing alongside Ray. "It was the beginning to a wonderful
education in the craft of songwriting," Jeff says. There he began seriously devoting
his time to songwriting and performing/recording with such Austin hard-hitters as
Willis Alan Ramsey, Ruthie Foster, Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Bruce Robison,
Bettysoo, Susan Gibson, Gavin DeGraw, and many, many more.
His multi-instrumentalist stylings and ability to vocally harmonize with ease gave
him preferred status with Austin's best musicians. He has been called 'the Swiss
Army Knife' of sidemen and Emily Robison (of the Dixie Chicks) said of Jeff that he
was 'a chameleon' of performing with anyone with ease on his many instruments. Jodi
Denburg of Austin radio said, "If there's a finer dobro or lap slide player in Austin,
I don't know him." Jeff put out his first solo album, self-effacingly titled "Plank"
with Gurf Morlix producing in 2002, and has been playing his own gigs from Gruene Hall
to Austin hot spots like the Saxon Pub ever since.
He has had songs in a number of independent films, and recently joined the band
"The Resentments" after the passing of another of his great mentors, Stephen Bruton.
The Resentments plan to record later this year for the first time in this configuration.
Jeff can now be seen regularly playing with his band, a rock/slide/soul band consisting
of himself on vocals and lead guitar and lap slide, Austin Music Hall of Fame bass
player Yoggie, Brannen Temple on drums, and Phil Redmond on keys and backing vocals.
With this group last year Jeff recorded on 'An Evening With The Songs Of Stephen Bruton,
' a tribute to the Grammy winning Austin songwriting and guitar-slinging legend, with
the soulful crooner Malford Milligan (Storyville, The Boneshakers) at the helm. Jeff has
been said to have paid homage to his mentor with taste and great respect. "It was the
most humbling gig (recording) I ever have had the pleasure of playing." Jeff continues
to play lead guitar and sing background vocals for the Malford Milligan Band, due to
record this year.
This year Jeff has also toured with The Courtyard Hounds, a side project of Emily Robison
and Marty McGuire of the Dixie Chicks, singing a duet every night on tour alongside
Emily. He also has recorded with Joe Ely this year on his latest critically acclaimed
CD, 'Satisfied At Last' and has helped Joe tour and promote it from Texas to New York City
Jeff released the much anticipated 'Speed of Hope' earlier this year. This acoustic album
features a number of fan favorites including 'Trouble Find Me.' Be on the lookout for a
live cd of Jeff's band later in 2012.
Jeff Plankenhorn's website
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
The band suggests an admission donation of $20. Daren suggests folks bump in more if they can in support of music in Austin. The entire donation goes to the musicians.
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!
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